Top 10 waiver claims for Week 17

Fantasy star quarterbacks

Peyton Manning,

Drew Brees,

Tom Brady and

Philip Rivers could be resting by the second half.


Indianapolis and New Orleans have clinched home-field

advantage; San Diego has won the AFC’s No. 2 seed; and New

England will be playing at home in the first round regardless of

Week 17’s outcome.

Heading into the fantasy title game, their owners may want to

claim another quarterback who will be more likely to produce a full

game of stats.

Find out which quarterbacks can help win the fantasy title,

along with players at other fantasy positions.

10. Carolina D/ST

This resurging defense had a superb fantasy outing against

the New York Giants on the road. It allowed only three field goals,

acquired four sacks, forced four fumbles and created four turnovers

(two interceptions, two lost fumbles).

New Orleans will likely be resting Brees for the playoffs and

prevent an injury. This could help Carolina’s chances of

posting a noteworthy fantasy day at home.

9. Fred Davis, TE, Washington

Though he caught only two passes for 21 yards last game,

Davis totaled 17 catches for 211 yards and five touchdowns during

the previous four games.

San Diego could be resting its starters after already

clinching the second seed. Davis could produce another solid

fantasy day as one of

Jason Campbell’s top targets.

8. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco

St. Louis ranks among the worst 10 for passing yards (237),

and allowed

Shaun Hill to throw for two scores in Week

4’s first meeting. Smith has thrown for 11 touchdowns during

the past six contests and has already established a career high for

passing scores (17).

7. Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis

San Francisco ranks as the seventh-worst pass defense and

will provide an opportunity for St. Louis to pass effectively.

Gibson scored his first NFL touchdown last game and has 11

receptions during two of the past three games.

6. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Denver

With teams focusing on stopping Brandon Marshall from long


Kyle Orton has been forced to use secondary

options like Gaffney for big plays. Gaffney responded superbly

against Philadelphia, catching a team-high seven passes for 69

yards and his first two touchdowns of the season.

He has a favorable matchup against Kansas City’s shaky

defense, which ranks among the 11 worst for allowing passing scores

(24). Additionally, Orton had success against Kansas City on the

road when he threw for two scores and the team scored a season-high

44 points in Week 13’s first meeting.


Eddie Royal misses his second straight game, that

will help Gaffney’s stats even more.

5. Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver

Entering the afternoon game, Denver needs to win in order to

keep its playoffs hopes alive, pending the outcome of Baltimore

and/or the New York Jets.

If Denver jumps to a big lead early at home, the rushing

tandem of

Knowshon Moreno and Buckhalter could help protect

it. In fact, he rushed for a season-high 113 yards against Kansas

City in Week 13’s lopsided win.

Additionally, Kansas City’s rushing defense ranks as

the second worst for yards (161) and has allowed the fourth-most

rushing scores (16).

4. Arian Foster, RB, Houston

With no fumbling issues, Foster served as Houston’s

featured back last game and ran for 97 yards and one score.

Ryan Moats received only eight carries and

averaged just 2.9 yards, while Foster had a team-high 19 carries

and averaged 5.1 yards.

The Patriots may elect to rest their starters, leaving Foster

with more running room.

3. Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago

He had his pro coming-out party in Week 14 when he caught

eight passes for 76 yards and a score (which came against Pro Bowl

cornerback Charles Woodson). He starred again against another

highly regarded cornerback Antoine Winfield when he caught seven

passes for 150 yards and a score last game.

He’ll be hoping to record another outstanding game

against Detroit’s worst-ranked pass defense.

2. Matt Moore, QB, Carolina

“Why wasn’t he playing sooner?” is a

question many

Steve Smith owners may be asking about Moore.

He’s thrown three touchdowns during each of the past two

contests, including passing for 299 yards against Minnesota in Week


Though Carolina’s best receiver is out with a broken

arm, the team will be playing a Saints team likely to rest its

starters for the playoffs.

1. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago

He found his passing groove in a tough divisional matchup

against Minnesota last game and threw for 273 yards and four


He next meets Detroit’s worst pass defense for yards

(265) and touchdowns (31). Playing in a dome will help his fanasy

cause by avoiding inclement weather that could negatively affect

his passing stats. Of note, he threw for two scores and ran for

another in Week 5’s first meeting with Detroit.